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    January 1, 2013
    5:30 - 6:00pm PST  

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good evening. diane is back here tomorrow night. and we begin tonight on this first evening of the new year, when so many americans make resolutions to change, but it appears not much has changed in washington. when that famous ball dropped at midnight, taxes went up for every american. and this evening, after the vice president jumped in, after leaders on both sides met, a giant setback. so, let's get right to abc's chief white house correspondent jon karl tonight. and jon, it would seem like they're playing with fire now. taxes, at least for this evening, have gone up and the stock market already seeing jitters leading up to the cliff. >> reporter: they are certainly worried about the market reaction. washington went over the fiscal cliff last night, triggering tax increases for virtually everybody. and despite some hopeful signs very early this morning, we are still in a freefall.
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it sure looked like a done deal. >> the yays are 89. the nays are 8. the bill as amended is passed. >> reporter: after 2:00 a.m. this morning, the senate approved a bill to prevent massive tax increases from going into affect today. the kind of overwhelming bipartisan vote almost never seen anymore. >> so, it took an imperfect solution to prevent our constituents from a very real financial pain. but in my view, it was worth the effort. >> reporter: finally, it seemed, washington was working. vice president joe biden and republican leader mitch mcconnell hashing out the deal late last night. >> i feel really very, very good about how this vote is going to go. >> reporter: he had reason to smile last night, but today, that late night deal hit a wall of republican opposition in the house. hastily leaving a meeting of house republicans today, eric cantor, the second highest ranking republican in the house, announced even he was opposed. >> i do not support the bill. >> reporter: house republicans objected because the bill
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includes virtually no spending cuts. in fact, the deal would actually add nearly $4 trillion to the deficit over the next ten years, mostly thanks to the cost of extending those tax cuts for everybody making under $400,000. >> there's no spending cuts. we're adding $4 billion a day to the debt. and we feel like the senate bill failed miserably. >> reporter: if they don't get their act together, the consequences will be immediate. the pentagon has already drafted notices to 800,000 civilian employees warning they may be put on unpaid leave. and those tax increases triggered today will start to hit our paychecks this week. the average family, seeing a tax increase of almost $3,500. there is intense pressure on house republican leaders to resolve this before the stock market opens tomorrow morning. they are hearing from business leaders. they are also hearing from senate republicans, saying that the cost of failure on this, david, would just be too high.
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>> would love to be on some of those phone calls from wall street, jon, thank you. and as you point out, wall street does open tomorrow morning, and after a week straight of losses already, nervous investors leading up to the fiscal cliff, the average 401(k) losing 3,000 to $4,000 in this country. abc's bianna golodryga with the story of just one family and the huge tax increase, if congress doesn't figure this out. >> reporter: until there's an agreement, this what the martins from raytown, missouri, like so many middle class american families, face. a hefty spike in taxes. beau, a government contractor, and deanna, an office worker, make a combined income of about $60,000. without a deal, their income taxes will rise by roughly $2,400 a year. on top of that, like everyone else earning $110,000 or less, they'll pay higher payroll taxes to pay for social security. with or without a deal, those are set to go up across the board by 2%.
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and for the martins, that means they'll pay an additional $1,200 a year. income and payroll tax increases combined, the martins are looking at an additional $3,600 in 2013. and it doesn't stop there. without a deal, feeding their 2-month-old baby daughter, gracie, could cost the martins a lot more, too. every american faces the potential for a huge jump in milk prices. the farm bill has stalled, and subsidies have been rolled back. without a deal securing that help for farmers, the price of a gallon of milk could shoot up to almost $7 a gallon. families paying the price at the grocery store. >> all of those some very alarming numbers. bianna is here, covers the economy, weekend "gma" anchor, as well. what do you suppose is going to happen tomorrow? what are your people telling you? >> reporter: everyone is curious to see what happens overnight. one of two things could happen. if congress does attach spending cuts to this bill, that bill is blown up and you could see markets really sell off tomorrow. if this is just punted along, markets could be a little bit more patient but patience is
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running out. and as you mentioned, 401(k)s are being affected, as well. >> because of all the jitters. bianna, thank you. we're going to turn now to secretary of state hillary clinton. doctors keeping a careful eye on mrs. clinton. we reported last night on their discovery, the blood clot right next to her brain. tonight, we know former president bill clinton and their daughter chelsea have been by her side and the first message from chelsea on twitter. here's abc's sharyn alfonsi now. >> reporter: chelsea clinton leaving the hospital, where her mother will spend a third night. later, optimistically tweeting, "thank you all for sending good thoughts my mom's way. grateful to all her doctors and that she'll make a full recovery!" but it's clearly a serious setback for the secretary. it's been three weeks since she was last seen in public, overseas where she picked up a bad stomach virus. days later, at her home, she fainted and got a concussion, grounding the normally globe-trotting secretary. clinton has traveled to
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112 countries, logged nearly a million miles and spent the equivalent of an entire year of her life on a plane. recently telling barbara walters she was eager to step down as secretary of state. >> why are you leaving? >> i've been, as you know, at the highest levels of american and now international activities for 20 years. and i -- i just thought it was time to take a step off. i wanted to take some time and -- and just really collect myself. >> are you exhausted? >> i am. >> reporter: clinton told "the new york times" she was looking forward to sleeping, exercise, and relaxing watching hgtv. still, those who've watched her for decades from first lady, to candidate, to the most traveled secretary of state ever, wonder if that's in her dna. is a quiet retirement really in the future of hillary clinton? >> it seems out of character, certainly. i mean, she deserves a year off, to reassess, to get healthy.
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and to think seriously about a possibility of a run. >> reporter: and the secretary is reportedly in good spirits tonight, engaging with doctors, her staff and her husband, former president bill clinton, who has been at her side. but tonight, it is unclear when she'll go home and if she'll be able to return to her full-time role at the state department before the new secretary of state is sworn in. david? >> if anyone deserves some time off, it would be mrs. clinton. i know you're having more on "gma" in the morning. thanks, sharyn. we're going to turn overseas tonight and to a very rare public appearance making waves around the world. north korean leader kim jong-un, who took over for his father, has remained mysterious and reclusive. tonight, what we heard from him, we haven't heard before. here's abc's akiko fujita now. >> reporter: the new year came with expected fanfare in reclusive north korea, but in a rare speech, we heard the young north korean leader's voice with a different message. "this year, the entire korean nation should turn out a nation wide patriotic struggle for reunification," kim jong-un
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said. >> he has sent various signals that he's going to move his country in new and different directions. this speech was that first step in that direction. >> reporter: on the streets of pyongyang, residents predictably praised the first new year's address in nearly 20 years. kim jong-un's father shunned the public, speaking just once in his 17-year rule. pyongyang has gone to great lengths to project a modern, more outgoing image of their leader. seen here visiting an amusement park with his young wife by his side. >> he knows far more about the outside world than his grandfather or his father and that brings a completely new dimension to north korean leadership. >> reporter: but kim's shown the same defiance as his father, successfully launching a long range rocket last month, a direct violation of u.n. security council resolution. and he's shown no intention of abandoning pyongyang's nuclear weapons program.
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>> and akiko is with us here in new york tonight. and you talked with your experts on this. they tell you this was a message aimed right at america? >> reporter: that's right. analysts say this was an address that was addressed directly to the u.s. and south korea's new leader. and with that rocket launch, we know that kim has a bigger hand at the bargaining table now. >> perhaps something new afoot. akiko fujita with us here tonight, thank you. we're going to turn to pack stan now, where gunmen in the country's volatile northwest region launched a deadly attack on a passenger van there, killing five female teachers and two health care workers. the director of the group believes they may have been targeted for their anti-polio work. militants in the past have accused health workers there as acting as spies of the u.s. back here at home tonight, and environmental crisis may have been averted off the coast of alaska tonight. a coast guard flight over a drilling rig that ran aground in shallow water is showing no signs of any oil leaks.
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the rig was being pulled out of harm's way when a tug boat line broke free. no signs of trouble yet. we turn this evening to a story we first reported last night here, our friend and colleague at espn, hannah storm, back on the air today at the rose parade after a terrifying accident at home. a propane grill exploding, setting her on fire. you might have seen some of hannah's high profile interviews right here, this one with tim tebow before this season. she's been a great friend to this broadcast, bringing her reports right to "world news." she also anchors "sportscenter" on espn, of course. and just three weeks after that horrific explosion, her comeback, hosting today's rose parade with "good morning america's" josh elliott. tonight, here, though, a powerful lesson and the images of hannah in the days after the explosion. and we warn you, they are difficult to look at. hannah, can you take us back to that night? you were grilling outdoors, as you would on a typical night, getting dinner ready for the family? >> i went outside on a chilly
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night to light a propane grill. i went back inside, went out to see how hot the grill was and the flames had been blown out. the cover of the grill was open so i assumed, logically as i guess most people would be, that there wouldn't be any gas in the air. well, propane is actually heavier than air and especially in cold weather, it tends to sit on top of the grill and pool inside and underneath the grill, and so, the second i relit the flame, after i had turned the gas off, i relit the flame and it was a wall of fire, huge explosion. so much force that it blew the doors of the grill completely off. >> you said the explosion was so loud, a neighbor thought a tree had come through their house? >> a neighbor clear across the street thought that a tree had fallen through his roof. that's how loud the explosion was. and it happened in a split second and immediately, i was on fire. so, my hair was on fire, my chest and the whole top of my shirt was on fire. i didn't know what to do other than i'm left-handed, reach and
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just get the shirt off of me as quickly as possible. so, that's why my hand is so badly damaged. i yelled inside to my 15-year-old daughter, who was in the kitchen, "mommy's on fire." "you have to call 911." >> and she came outside, i know, she was one of the people who was with you every step of the way. >> i told her i was on fire, i asked her to call 911. of course, like all teenagers, she picks up her cell phone and calls 911. >> i know you went to the hospital and it wasn't until the next day you actually had a chance to see yourself. >> right. the skin was burned. there were red, actually flame marks up my neck. you could tell where the flames had, you know, been licking up on my -- on my neck and i was very disfigured and, you know, without hair, eyelashes, eyebrows. it was a sight to behold, let me tell you. >> you look as beautiful as ever but i know this was a tough road and you have a whole team that helps you get ready for this broadcast today. >> listen, i had the access to,
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you know -- i spent an hour in hair and makeup this morning. i have on false eyelashes. this is all fake hair. when the makeup artist brushed an eyebrow on me, i almost stood up and kissed her this morning. but it is a long -- it is a hard road for burn victims. i was by far the most fortunate person in my burn unit. >> hannah, i wanted to go back to the grill. you had mentioned that you actually turned the propane off, which would sound to me like what anyone should do, so, what more could you have done to prevent this? >> right, right. if your grill has been lit but the lighter did not ignite for a period of time, the chances are very good that there is a lot of propane still sitting in the area. so, just turning it off and relighting your grill isn't sufficient. you have to wait a long period of time for all of that propane to dissipate before you would try to reignite your grill. >> you've been amazing in turning this into a blessing and how well you've recovered and you've got a whole new year ahead of you now.
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>> thanks. and happy new year to you, david. >> it was great to see hannah back on the air today. and there is still much more ahead here on "world news" this new year's night. all of those new year's resolutions -- is yours getting to the gym, making a better you? well, tonight, can you guess how many weeks most of us last when that's our resolution? years ago, my doctor told me to take a centrum silver multivitamin every day.
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many of us try to make them, those new year's resolutions to get into shape, to save more money. but tonight, abc's matt gutman with a stunning number. just how many weeks do we last? >> three, two, one -- happy new year! >> reporter: no sooner had the new year's ball dropped and up popped jessica simpson, one of the very first ads of the new year. >> when a weight loss program is built for human nature, you can expect amazing. >> reporter: our resolutions, more personal. about 40% of americans make these promises. >> i was going to try to be nicer to my brother. >> not complaining as much. >> take more risks in life. >> reporter: by some counts, a third of these promises are broken before the end of january. not so amazing. the perennial top two resolutions are increasing exercise and decreasing our weight. it's a $66 billion a year industry. they continue with the programs they start? >> there are some people that do. but there's a group that's kind
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of consistently inconsistent. >> reporter: market analysts show that gym memberships peak in january and by march, they plummet. in fact, one study shows that 80% of new members become no members after just eight weeks. >> it's a lifestyle change. i hope i can make it. >> reporter: to succeed at the gym and beyond, the experts say keep those resolutions small and think about keeping them to yourself. because the satisfaction you get from that new year's day announcement to friends and family could zap your motivation. do you have any resolutions this year? >> no. not to make any. >> reporter: probably sound advice. matt gutman, abc news, miami. >> nothing like a reporter approaching you in the middle of a workout. and when we come back here on the broadcast tonight, one of the judges from "dancing with the stars," pulling off a perfect ten when it came to pulling off a surprise. the stars," pulling off a perfect ten when it came to the stars," pulling off a perfect ten when it came to pulling off a surprise. boost® . each delicious serving provides fifteen grams of protein
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bride. len goodman, who stars on abc's hit show, married his long time girlfriend in london. it was a surprise ceremony. the only person that knew about the marriage plan, his 96-year-old mother. goodman says he didn't want to shock her. to our quote tonight, from viral sensation psy, who is little over the whole "gangnam style" thing. ♪ ♪ gangnam style >> you likely saw this last night, the performance at the new year's eve party in times square overnight. but apparently it was his last one. we'll see if he means it. he said, quote, "gangnam style" got too popular so i have to write a new single. no one more relieved than us right here. and when we come back here on the broadcast tonight, the little boy and the giant surprise this new year's. it wasn't the float at the parade that got his attention, but his dad, right there, on new year's. attention, but hid dad rigs dad there. when you have diabetes...
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eric had flown all the way back from germany to the states, to california. mom and son living in germany while dad is deployed to afghanistan. they thought they'd won a contest to come home, and the prize? a trip to the rose parade. >> what did you have to do to win? >> my husband just entered his name, i guess, i just got a call, letting me know that we won. >> he is a soldier stationed in afghanistan. >> yes, he's in afghanistan right now. >> reporter: or so she thought. her husband, eric, was right there, at the parade. on the float, proudly wearing his uniform and making his way toward them. as mom and her 4-year-old son was posing for a picture, they then turn around and that little 4-year-old looks up, making his way over, right into the arms of his father. >> it was really great experience. the first thing i thought was, oh, my lord, i hope she's not going to slap me for lying to her. and seeing our son's face, you know, how he reacted and i was really caught up in the moment. >> reporter: a family, together
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again, just in time for the new year. they hadn't seen each other in seven months. the biggest smile at the parade. "nightline" comes your way later here. we're always online at abcnews.com. and diane sawyer returns here tomorrow night after the holiday. happy new year, diane. and to all of you at home. good night. next on abc 7 news at 6:00 a search at sea after a man is swept away on a beautiful day. >> new year's eve violence in san francisco. three people in the wrong place at the wrong time. >> also, the ending to a standoff between a man armed with a sword and san jose
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police officer autos and the wait is over. stanford wins its first rose bowl in 40 years. let celebrations begin down on the farm. >> now breaking news is taking place in washington, d.c. this, is a live picture at the u.s. capitol. a vote on the fiscal cliff deal is set to take place any moment now in the house of representatives. >> house republicans have been dropping a demand for additional spending cuts. >> abc 7 news is following the developments and will join us as soon as this vote is taken. good evening, i'm cheryl jennings. >> and eem larry beil. here in the bay area a tragic start to the new year in san francisco. two people killed by a driver who tried to escape police. police say the man sped away
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from a traffic stop, only to slam into another car and a man what's walking across the street at 21 and south vanness this morning. abc 7 news is there live and explains how all of this unfolded. leanne? >> well, there are so many elements to this tragic story. where does one begin? but the suspect, we're told was known to police. officers tried to stop him this morning. he fled two. people are dead. employee came to being hit by this car. the passenger of the car and a pedestrian were not as fortunate. they both died. >> as the vehicle was thrown against the"!s store there was also a 20-year-old male pedestrian pronounced dead at the scene. >> jose lopez told us his sister-in-law was in the passenger